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Chair

Scottish Food Commission

Chair

£211 per day

 

To apply for this role, please visit https://pa-scottishgovernment.icims.com/jobs/8644/chair-appointment-to-the-board-of–the-scottish-food-commission/job

Note that applications must be made directly to Public Appointments – Aspen cannot accept any applications.

 

This is an exciting opportunity to shape and influence the development of a new public body: the Scottish Food Commission. It is expected that the Commission will be formally established by mid-2025.

 

The Scottish Food Commission is a new non-departmental public body that is to be established to provide an oversight role of provisions made in the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Act 2022.

 

As the first Chair of the Scottish Food Commission, this appointment will play a crucial role in shaping the future and strategic direction of this new public body.

 

You will be actively involved in the recruitment of the chief executive, the first member of staff to the Scottish Food Commission, and in appointing the other members of the Board.

 

You will work closely with the sponsor team and the Chief Executive, once in place, to enable the new public body to take on its statutory functions and full budgetary control once it is established.

 

Once the body is fully established you will be key in ensuring the Commission effectively fulfils its oversight role and provides constructive challenge, that is evidence based, to Scottish Ministers and relevant authorities in relation to their Good Food Nation Plans.

 

This is a high publicity role that will attract great interest from key stakeholders interested in the Scottish food system.

 

Remuneration and time commitment

 

The Chair role is paid at a gross daily rate of £211 per day (7.5 hours). This role is non-pensionable. This means that there is no pension contribution paid.

 

We expect that the time commitment will change over the life of the body. While the body is being established and during the first months of operation more engagement will be needed – i.e. up to 80 days/year. During the establishment phase there may also be phases of increased activity.

 

It is likely that once the body is established the chair’s time commitment will decrease to approximately 50 days/year.

 

The Chair’s time commitment will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Skills/Experience Required

Scottish Ministers welcome applications from people from a wide range of backgrounds who have the following skills/knowledge/experience:

 

All of the following priority criteria:

  • Experience of setting up a new organisation, and setting the direction for that organisation
  • Experience of navigating a complex policymaking landscape, including communicating with a range of stakeholders
  • Leadership and Management

All of the following essential criteria:

  • Analysis and Decision-making
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Communication, influence and constructive challenge
  • Understanding of the complexity of the food system

Full details can be found in the person specification in the application pack which can be downloaded HERE.

 

To apply for this role, please visit https://pa-scottishgovernment.icims.com/jobs/8644/chair-appointment-to-the-board-of–the-scottish-food-commission/job

 

Note that applications must be made directly to Public Appointments – Aspen cannot accept any applications.

 

Closing date for applications is midday on Friday 10 May 2024.

 

This appointment is regulated by the Ethical Standards Commissioner.